Read Thread: How am I losing weight?
Agreed. Eating 1200 calories of Twinkies is not going to help you lose but eating 1400 calories of healthy foods will. Carbs were/are my biggest weakness. I still eat them just not like I did. It was very difficult to cut back on those. I can go months without eating a dessert but even a day without bread is difficult for me. Part of my problem is that with my Hypoglycemia, I'm supposed to get a certain amount of carbs so I don't pass out or have horrendous headaches. I trained myself to make sure I ate "enough" carbs and ended up eating too many. The nice thing is that once you get into a routine of healthy eating, if you splurge every so often you don't gain the weight back. I went on a girlfriend getaway with my bff a couple of weeks ago. The food at the B&B as well as in the town in general were pretty high carb but eating like that for 2 days didn't put my body into shock and I didn't even gain a pound back.
That was my problem........mindless eating of the wrong foods for the wrong reasons. I have jeans ranging from size 6 to 16 in my closet and have lost count of the number of different "diets" I've been on over the years. The last one about 3 years ago I lost 15 lbs but when I quit, gained 20.
I heard on some TV talk show that a person's waist size should be less than one-half of their height, that belly fat was the most unhealthy. I found my tape measure and my waist was over 7 inches more than one-half my height.
I downloaded the "Lose It" app on my phone, saved loseit.com on my computer and since Sept 3 have recorded everything I've eaten and what exercise I've done, which is mostly walking Scooter and Chipper. I can add recipes and even scan a barcode if the food isn't in their list. Keeping track has made me more aware of what I'm eating and to make better choices. I'm trying to eat around 50% carbohydrates, 30% fat and 20% protein. Knowing what I've eaten during the day helps me decide what to fix for dinner and whether my afternoon snack should be a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts.
So far 5 lbs. down, but a lot to go. I'm glad I found this board to help keep me motivated.
I think we've all been there at least once. My poor choices weren't because it was even food that I wanted... that would at least make sense. My poor choices were because I was too lazy to prepare the foods that sounded better and were healthier. It's a whole lot easier to grab a bagged snack like chips than it is to wash and cut some veggies. Now it's pretty tough to grab chips since I don't buy them anymore.
I'm getting closer. When I started this journey, my waist was 10 or 11 inches more than half my height. Now it is only 3 inches more than half my height.